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>> thank you. >> next speaker please. >> good morning my name is kate hodge. i want to commend the staff for the tremendously hard work with this plan. based on a five year plan the strategy developed by the mta an excellent strategy but it's been turned into a 25 year plan this is a strange development and i wonder how our city is going to live up to its promise. right now what you are asking for -- so we're asking that the mta and other agencies involved with this
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plan development articulate how this is going to be able to reach the promised goal by 2020 thank you. >> thank you very much. any other member of the public would like to comment? okay. we'll close public comment. >> and colleagues commissioner wiener. >> i'd like to respond to ms. hodge's comment. >> absolutely. we very clearly support the bicycle strategy implementation. implementation of that plan requires a lot of funding as well as increased project delivery strategies partnerships with the mta and communities really allowing those projects to go in efficiently we can accelerate it with a concerted effort by
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the community by staff and new ways of doing business to implement these projects to design them faster and get in them in the ground faster and i believe there's no reason why we couldn't keep the pace of that investment but at the moment we're deliverying five million dollars per year and the new investment levels represents a large multiple of that about 38 million dollars per year if we were to do it by 2018 as was discussed at the hearing so this question of how much investment is not a concern i don't believe for us because it's really about can we get it done quickly in a timely way and to really discuss how we're going to do that neighborhood by neighborhood and corridor by corridor it's a whole new paradigm of delivery and
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community involvement in the outreach process to really discuss what we're wanting to see on the street how quickly we should be responding between plan and design and construction phases and being more efficient as we do our complete streets resurfacing with our capital project and see working with partners in the community including folks like the fire department who are also raising concerns. so i believe we're having that discussion led by our board and other leaders including the mta and to the extent we can do it up front thought fully i think we can build on that practice and the funds can flow beyond that as we go. >> thank you. i think you raised a few points i want to follow up on and i suspect i'm
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preaching to the choir. in terms of complete street project delivery and safety upgrades and bike projects -- we've seen some issues that go beyond some of our traditional challenges and it really has to do with political will in a lot of ways. and i'm not sure what's happening with them and i'm glad that you mentioned the challenges of the fire department and of course we all want to have good fire safety and we want fire trucks to get to where they are going but we've had some really challenges with the fire department objecting to pedestrian improvements that really do not have any concealable conceivable impact
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but of course the same fire department responds to pedestrians who get hit on our streets almost a thousand last year. i will also note that the fire department was putting out some statistics that 75 percent of pedestrian accidents in san francisco were caused by pedestrians, pedestrians were at fault and i think a lot of us knew intuitive ly that was wrong and their consultant erroneous ly tabulated the statistics it's actually 33 percent meaning that two-thirds of accidents on our streets do not have the pedestrian as the primary cause so i'm just wondering what thoughts you have about how we can build the support that we need to make it clear that these projects are
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priorities, that we finally have more funding to do complete street projects to improve pedestrian and bike safety to make our streets safer we finally have more funding we have various policies in place and better streets plan and the mayor's pedestrian strategy prop b i don't know how many more times the voters and the mayor can say we want safer and complete streets. and yet we have this push back and sometimes it seems like the political will is not there to say we need to move forward with these projects so i wonder if you can comment on how to go about doing that because it's been a lot of frustration for a lot of us. >> i feel that we're seeing when the outreach is done with a lot of inand outreach and to
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all parts of any given organization that might participate in project design and implementation that's a really positive investment. we're almost done with this bicycle plan and part of the challenge is to figure out what exactly should that design be on any given street. what if it is a rapid line -- how do we bring all those features into that design and that's a complex effort and i know director risken and his staff are working on it but the funding we still need to advocate for the funding and ask for more support by the public for the funding but we also need to ask them to get
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involved in the process and understand we're trying to make our streets better for everyone and prioritize security and safety on our streets so then make a decision then go ahead and implement in a timely way. >> and i think that -- in terms of some of the big projects like polk street or masonic or second street -- who got outreach and who didn't so we're really seeing now in some ways the most disturbing is the smaller projects. the small projects that are frankly not particularly controversial and often have community buy in and then you have one city department whether it's a fire department sometimes the puc sort of like the departments sometimes take turns about who's going to object to this
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particular pedestrian upgrade and the fact is the mta board of directors is the body that has the legislative authority to get the project approved and done and i would like to see the mta and consistent with its mandate to make our streets safer and improve pedestrian access and make sure everyone can use our streets safely and i'd like to see the mta be much more pro active and then we're going to make the decision and going to move forward. >> thank you. >> thank you. so any public comment on this so why don't we do a roll call vote. >> avalos aye. >> breed aye. >> campos absent. >> chiu aye. >> cohen aye. >> farrell aye.
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>> kim absent. >> commissioner mar. mar absent. >> commissioner ye e. >> it passes. >> item 10 approve the 2013 san francisco congestion management program this is an action item. >> okay this item is open for public comment any member of the public would like to comment please come forward and seeing none we'll close public comment -- oh. >> hi madeline i'd like to concur with what supervisor wiener said about outreach. there is a lack of political ware the board may speak to the
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mta and say this is what we think is what's right and on the other side there's some loud voices who are not particularly informed and our organization has tried to increase the outreach and also try to supplement the education of the public so they understand what the facts are and really we'd like to sxand we'd like to see everybody talking to each other in terms of the people in power and saying yes we stand together and we know this is the way the economic and vital future of the city has to go and i can say although they seem to magnify, actually the voices in opposition are more often than not a very small presence or omni present very often.
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>> thank you very much. any other member of the public who would like to comment? and seeing none we'll close public comment and can we take this -- >> and now we will go onto the item from our personnel committee. if you can call this item. this is actually called for a closed session i do not believe we need to have a closed session all the documents have been in the packet and are there for everyone to see i would feel it's not necessary, unless, colleagues you would rather but i'd like to keep it actually open session. if madam clerk if you could call the item
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please. >> this is an action item. >> again i do not believe we're going to need to have a closed session for this item and i hope colleagues that you have reviewed the documents concerning the performance goals of the executive director. attachment 2 has further in-depth work on that. i want to thank tilly cheng for her work over the past several months in putting together her performance goals. that review while not made public was a document that was used and made discussions in putting together the performance goals of the executive director among other parts that were contributing to
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the performance goals. and developing these goals and making sure that the departments and input and community input had been put forward. of course she's done a lot of work internal ly with the organization in helping to put together these performance goals and i want to give her the opportunity to present these to us here today and we'll give her a moment to come forward. >> thank you chair avalos i'm pleased to present the performance goals for my position over the coming year and as you can imagine these goals reflect our aspirations and intentions for the whole organization we had very thoughtful discussions among the team, management team and
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entire staff division by division meetings and i certainly did continue to work with a number of you and met with my counter parts over the last 2 months to really understand what their hopes were for our agency as well what what you will see here is 7 basic areas what i heard and i think is achievable there are stretch goals here and things like the san francisco transportation plan and our ybi project delivery as well as our erp our fancy name for our database information management system that allows us to go paper less and in a nutshell we have the 7 main areas the key work program activities begin with our primary policy document thank you so much for approving that it was a lot of
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hard work over many years and a community wide and multiagency effort so i want to thank you. there's several initiatives in that sftp. certainly we have capital projects in here. downtown extension but also a very important focus on neighborhood improvements that includes planning efforts where we may lack a pipeline it means working with the walk first report that's going to be coming out and working with them to figure out an implementation strategy that will be coming out and working with bike coalition and mta partners on the bicycle strategy implementation as well and you will see in here also a new role for the agency through
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the treasure island project and improvements under the program more ferry and bus service to help support that development as it moves forward and the second major item we wanted to make sure that you recognize and understood that we are your staff and we are meant to support you in your daily work as members of the board and members of the board of supervisors we want to have the ability to consult with you more regularly on the issues of the day and so we're trying to be very transparent and also provide the policy or other kinds of planning or funding bits of advice or input that may be needed on a day-to-day basis. this is the idea of
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really making sure that we're deliverying capital priorities in each of your districts and supporting the planning activities that can lead to the next generation of improvements. to enable us to be more efficient in our work and the controller's report they recognize the value we bring i think they really recognize and appreciate how we are partners in project delivery we really go from a to z all the way through to deliverying those projects on the ground and within a year we can really beef up our systems. you have beg u.n. to see it. we also use it at the staff level to understand how grants
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are coming through in each district and how we can manage those more efficiently with our partners. this includes bringing kal trans in locally to san francisco and holding office hours at our office allowing project managers to come meet one-on-one here in the city and this is a page that we're stealing from vta's book in santa clara. those types of i object interactions can really boost a project's progress so the next goal area is about collaboration and we really have taken this very seriously we have been collaborating all the way along i feel what we're able to do now is really staff up you know those committees and those
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groups such as the cfo committees of all the department heads and the policy and legislative committees as well and becoming a much more active and regular partner on those commissions and on partner planning with all the work with the mayor's task force and all the regional advocacy that we have to come together to do. to speak with one voice that takes time and it takes a very concerted effort to make the time to coordinate and to collaborate and we're also really pleased to be working with the bike share and all of these i think thises require a deeper working relationship with our partner agencies so we're pleased to be doing that already and that's having an effect i believe on our effectiveness and in
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regards to regional this is not something we do alone but i think we can play a leadership role and i want to work more closely with the members of the board who have ideas in this area working with our legislative delegations at the state and federal levels. this also includes working with agencies plan bay area implementation and new on the radar is housing funding advocacy so transportation funds can be continued to be focussed on transportation and affordable housing as well. let's see -- in terms of capital project delivery and this is the high speed rail initiative and downtown extension corridor in
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particular but it's also the freeway management systems and the approach to all of our freeway networks and. and extensions of the carpool lane and see next generation strategy for the freeway network and building awareness of programs and opportunities we're 32 people but we really do try to cover the whole city and include everyone in our work and that takes time and takes systems and processes and it takes an orientation an external orientation that requires us to be much more clearer in communications and awareness of what we're doing with the city sales tax dollars and how to manage that with
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accountability. >> how we're deliverying the transportation improvements that they so want and that they so need. on agency and staff development you know our staff are our treasure we could not do what we do without a great staff includes all five divisions of the agency it's a pretty flat organization and my goal would be for us to rise up to the calls that we're being asked to meet in an efficient and sustainable aware for our staff and that might mean some strategic filling in of some layers particularly in the senior and management rank but i think that we can make that work and we can do that step by step and bring a plan forward perhaps in the next budget cycle and explain our ideas in
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that regard. even going paper less i think there's no substitute for having a hands on capacity to be responsive and thorough and to be effective so thank you very much for this opportunity and i'd be happy to answer questions. >> thank you. colleagues any comments or questions in okay. we will be going over this in terms of performance review in may of 2014 at that time the personnel committee will come back together in that process and i do want to to thank you for your flexibility to bring forward the performance goals. actually i have a comment from commissioner yee. >> there was some discussion or
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maybe it was my own discussion about looking at the ta in terms of staffing. >> uh-huh. >> and doing an analysis of whether the is staffing is the right staffing instructor to move forward. >> uh-huh. >> i don't see that reflected in this. is there any thinking around this -- >> there is so what we plan to do under staff development and also building awareness what is the implication for how we will accomplish these goals? are we using our staff in the most efficient way? or maybe we will be reviewing our use of consultants for example. perhaps rebalanced because
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we've been using more and more consultants over the years. it would be much more efficient and effective if we could bring some of that consulting work in house and manage the work program and produce the work program so you will see an agency development will come forward earlier in the budget process than in the past with proposals for where we think additional growth of the staff may be warranted or other initiatives are also on the table as well to ensure we can meet our work program. so i'm a little concerned of burnout here and there and historic work levels and making sure we're maintaining the quality but also serving some of these new roles as well. >> typically the budget
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approval -- is it in june that we do that? >> may. >> maybe february or march could be a time to come forward with looking at overall staffing and what you are proposing in terms of either position changes or growth would be good to have at that time of year. >> great i would love that we'll plan on that. thank you. >> thank you. any comments or questions from the board? okay. thank you so much miss cheng. any member of the public who would like to comment please come forward. >> good afternoon commissioners my name is jacki sachs i've known miss chang and the staff
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since i've been on the committee since 97 and actually she's done an excellent job since you appointed her and she should continue because they are all doing an excellent job i've worked with tilly before, the five year ppp and they are all doing an excellent job and i think ms. cheng should go forward and continue to be the executive director without any problem whatsoever thank you very much. >> thank you very much any other member of the public who would like to comment please come forward and seeing none we'll close public comment. >> i'd like to thank our executive director for coming forward with her performance goals and i want to encourage you colleagues to make sure that you work with her to make sure that we're all living up to those goals she has really reached out to make sure.
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okay. so if we can have a roll call vote. >> item 11. >> avalos aye. >> breed aye. >> campos aye. >> chiu aye. >> cohen aye. >> kim absent. >> tang aye. >> wiener aye. >> yee aye. >> item passes. >> great. next item please. >> item 12 this is an information item. >> colleagues any comments or questions and seeing none we'll go to public comment. >> and seeing no one from the public come forward we'll close public comment and go to the next item. >> item 13. >> public comment. >> any item that is not before us relevant to the transportation authority. >> good afternoon again one
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thing i forgot to bring up regarding funding -- we're working with prop k funding right now and you have to realize in a couple of years we're going to have to go to the voters again to get those projects finished before we do anything else i mean looking at the 20 year plan you have to figure out what's been done in prop k and what still has to be done before you go any further than that and regarding prop k, regarding the geary, brt project i went to the meeting out in the richmond district and i posed this question -- last week proposed this comment last week too -- this rapid transit is